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The Theory and Practice of Spiritual Acupuncture

Lecture 3 -Levels of Consciousness

Physical consciousness
Emotional Consciousness
Mental consciousness
The Personality
The Veil of Illusion
The Veil of the Abyss
Intuitional Consciousness
Spiritual Consciousness
Monadic Consciousness
Logoic Consciousness

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NOTE - It is recommended that you have printed copies of the Seven Planes Chart
and the Tree of Life available to follow the detailed descriptions presented in this Lecture.

LEVEL 1 - PHYSICAL CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Physical Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the lowest plane (Plane 7) of the Seven planes Chart,

and by the lowest sphere (Sphere 10: The Physical World) of the Tree of Life.

In this course, we refer to this as LEVEL ONE because we are examining consciousness starting from the bottom and moving upward.

Here, the Tree of Life tells us very little, save that the physical world and consciousness is at the bottom of the Tree. The Seven planes Chart, however, is more useful.

The Physical (7th) Plane is divided into two sections: (a) the dense physical plane (the lower three subplanes) which modern physics calls Solid, Liquid, and Gas, the so-called "three states of matter." Everyone is familiar with these states; (b) the etheric physical plane (the upper four subplanes) which modern physics does not recognize as such. The etheric subplanes may be loosely refered to as ultraviolet, x-radiation, electricity, and radioactivity.

Every human receives an "imprint" of the physical consciousness at birth and shortly thereafter. The physical imprint is something we have in common with even the simplest organisms: Survival ! Physical imprints cause us to move (forward) toward that which is perceived as "nourishing," and cause us to move away (backward) from that which is perceived as "threatening." Please refer to the Lecture on "Imprinting."

The etheric physical plane is composed of four subplanes, which are not directly perceptible by normal sensory methods. That is, we cannot normally see, feel, hear, smell, or taste activity or form at these levels. By correspondence, these subplanes (in ascending order) loosely correspond to ultraviolet, x-radiation, electricity, and radioactivity. This etheric plane is the location of the acupuncture points and channels. We are able to prove this through Kirlian photography (high frequency electrical exposure of photographic material at 100,000 Hz), wherein acupuncture points appear in the same manner as "Solar Flares" when the sun is photographed during a total solar eclipse.

The etheric plane holds an electromagnetic "blueprint" of all things that are manifested in the dense physical world, including rocks, trees, birds, and human beings. This "blueprint" or "matrix" is activated from the higher mental plane (see "Causal Levels" in the Seven planes Chart, and in the text below) and is composed of what the Oriental Sages call the Nadis, or "Lines of Force."

The physical body is built upon the etheric network made up of the Nadis. The etheric vehicle is the blueprint that governs how our physical bodies are built, how well they function (including healing and repair), and what we look like in human form. A general rule-of-thumb is: Where two Nadis cross, we have an acupuncture point; where seven Nadis meet, we find a plexus; where twelve or more Nadis intersect, we find a Chakra (center).

Each Nadi, or line of force, is composed of five filaments that may be likened unto fiber-optic strands. In most people, these filaments are clogged, sluggish, and only sporadically conductive. Some methods are quite effective in temporarily or permanently clearing the filaments in order to allow a restored or full flow of energy. These include meditation, shock, acupuncture, and certain empowerments (see the Lecture on "Empowerment").

Various names and titles are used to describe the etheric body, including: The etheric vehicle, the etheric network, the blueprint, the matrix, and the health aura/body. It should not be confused with the Astral Body or Body of Light (see below).

If we could directly perceive the etheric body, it would provide a wealth of diagnostic information. When the etheric network is intact and fully functional, there is no breakdown of the dense physical structure that we know as illness or disease. In fact, we are able to perceive this body. One method has already been mentioned above (Kirlian photography) and others include: Voll Electroacupuncture diagnosis, perception by sensory methods (scanning with the palms), and perception by vision (scanning with your own etheric vision - probably the most difficult method to develop).

About ten percent of human illness comes from a blockage or malfunction of the etheric body as a primary cause (including dense physical plane trauma which affects the etheric levels). Fully eighty-five percent of human ills come from an etheric vehicle that is being influenced by problems on the Emotional level (see "Emotional Consciousness," below). If the primary cause of illness is located in the etheric body, then treatment with acupuncture, herbs, or conventional western medicine is almost always effective. If the primary cause is emotional, mental, or spiritual, then we must look higher into the seven planes. We must begin to climb the Tree of Life.

LEVEL 2 - EMOTIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Emotional Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the second plane up (Plane 6: The Astral Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart,

and by the second sphere up (Sphere 9: The Astral World) of the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life indicates that there is a path, a connection, a "way of doing things," that leads directly from the physical world to the emotional/astral world. This path is represented by the Tarot trump called "The World" or "The Universe" that depicts a woman taking upward flight. This is the path of Astral Projection, the act of taking one's consciousness out of the physical body and into the astral or emotional realm.

Every human receives an "imprint" of the emotional consciousness upon reaching the "toddler" stage (upon standing upright and beginning to walk) and shortly thereafter. The emotional imprint is something we have in common with most group organisms: Territorial dominance or passiveness. Emotional imprints cause us to assume a dominant or passive attitude in relation to others. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

The Seven Planes Chart shows us seven subplanes in the astral realm, ranging from the demonic to the angelic. Now what does this mean? It means that the lower astral planes are filled with energies and visions of demons, fires, serpents, spiders, insects, and monstrous, threatening creatures. These are the levels of the D.T.'s (delirium tremens) of the overloaded or withdrawing alcoholic. The higher astral planes are filled with energies and visions of angels, temples, gods, and closely depict a concept of heaven.

The astral plane is composed of images and forces generated by desire. Selfish desires, such as greed, jealousy, anger, etc., generate frightening visions. Unselfish desires, such as family togetherness, peace, wishing the best for one's grandchildren or friends, etc., generate visions of a lofty, and lovingly-oriented nature. Yet, this is all a form of illusion, for all of the astral visions are created by desire, hope, wishes, and other types of emotional longing.

When most people fail to receive or achieve that which they desire, they have a frustrating emotional reaction. We know from Oriental medicine that emotional actions and reactions affect the smooth flow of the five phases of transformation. Anger and depression block the liver, excessive joy damages the heart, prolonged thinking depletes the spleen, grief and sorrow attack the lungs, and fear drains the reserve energy of the kidneys. In particular, fear and anger are the main culprits of the astral plane.

When the emotions are disturbed, the astral body is disturbed and the lower astral plane is impressed with the disturbance. When the emotions are uplifted, as in a religious service or spiritual experience, or in a love affair, the astral body is uplifted (energized) and the higher astral plane is impressed with the glorious experience. In between the "demonic" and the "angelic" subplanes we find every other "in-between" desire of humanity. Every desire ever wished is floating around at some level of the astral plane. As humans, we inherit the astral plane and are either subject to its demands or are masters over it. A tremendous amount of discipline and understanding are required when converting from subject status to mastery status.

When the average individual first ventures out of the physical body, whether in a conscious ("lucid") dream state, in a controlled astral projection experiment, or by poisoning with psychedelic substances, the first thing he or she usually encounters is a dense fog or darkness. This is the veil of the astral plane, and if penetrated one encounters an almost overwhelming display of bright colors, visions, kaleidoscopic patterns, and perhaps terrifying visions. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. However, with continuing effort and practice the confusion and lack of control give way to order and the ability to move about at will upon the astral plane and its subplanes (refer to the Lecture on "Astral Projection").

For accurate diagnostic purposes, we must be able to perceive the astral body of the client, especially in the area of the Solar Plexus - the emotional control center. Many people are able to perceive the astral body; we call them "gifted" or "psychic." One of the best methods is perceiving the astral body and its attendant aura through "Astral Vision" (refer to the Lecture on "Methods of Diagnosis").

Knowing that approximately 85% of human illness comes from the astral/emotional level, we want to do a good job of discovering emotional causes of illness.

One example of how the astral consciousness affects the physical body is very common: A person who is "normal" will display a balance of green and yellow in the Solar Plexus center. When that person is irritable (Liver Qi Stagnation), an orange color will be seen (little orange flecks). If he or she becomes angry (Liver Fire), the Solar center is filled with a red color (and the aura flares with red as well!).

Now let us imagine that this person controls the outward expression of this anger; he or she "represses" the anger, and the red color is "repressed" also. That is, the red color is compressed into a small red dot, very bright, very hot, and very visible in the whirling energy field of the Solar Plexus. Whenever this red dot is seen, you may always ask the same question, "How is your appetite?". And you will probably always get the same answer, "I have an ulcer!". The repressed and condensed anger energy is transmitted from its position in the astral Solar Plexus center down (one level) to the physical etheric body where it affects the dense physical body. The red dot actually burns its way into manifestation as an ulceration of the stomach lining.

It is possible for people to confront and control their fears through astral projection, but in the final analysis the astral plane is not the source of holistic healing. For that, we must look upward toward the mental plane.

LEVEL 3 - MENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Mental Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the third plane up (Plane 5: The Mental Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart,
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and by 5 spheres (Spheres 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4 of the Tree of Life.

This plane is very difficult to explain (is not the human mind a bit difficult to explain?).

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First, let us divide the Mental Plane as shown on the Seven Plane Chart. The two divisions are the Lower Mental Plane (the "Intellectual Levels" or "Concrete Sub-Planes") and the Higher Mental Plane (the "Causal Sub-Planes").

It is necessary to describe these divisions separately, for although there is but one Mental Plane, the division between the Lower and the Higher is so profound that it seems that these are indeed not only two different planes, but two different worlds. The division between the Lower and Higher Mental Planes is an actual "gap in consciousness" which separates the individual intellect from the universal energies of the Soul. It is called the "Veil of Glamour" or the "Veil of Illusion."

Every human receives several "imprints" of the mental consciousness. Each mental imprint will be discussed when describing the individual mental spheres of the Tree of Life.

THE INTELLECTUAL LEVELS OF THE MENTAL PLANE

THE INTELLECTUAL LEVELS of the Mental Plane are also collectively known as the "Concrete Mind," the "Lower Mental Plane," or the "Lower Mind." This part of the mind functions much like a computer. It is programmed during early childhood activities by parents, teachers, and ongoing life experiences. It functions automatically by referencing incoming data (thoughts, sensory input) with known facts already stored in memory.

The Lower Mental Plane of the Seven Planes Chart corresponds to two spheres of the Tree of Life, namely sphere number 8 and sphere number 7. These are the yang and yin of the lower mind. Sphere 8 represents the true computer-like intellectual machine, while sphere 7 is the devotional, social aspect of the lower mind.

Sphere Eight, the realm of the cold-steel, calculating mind, is on the left hand path of the Tree of Life. It is predominant on the lower mental plane in most males. It is characterized by the ability to mentally separate a problem from the total contents of a life situation, to analyze (break down into component parts) that problem, to put it back together again, and then to re-integrate it into the whole again. When used exclusively, this sphere will make a person into a mental isolationist. Wives constantly complain about their husbands' preoccupation with work. Visions of this sphere include libraries, archives, and accounting devices.

Every human receives an "imprint" of the intellectual consciousness (specifically at sphere eight) upon reaching the "monkey" stage at about 1 1/2 years of age (upon moving around with curiosity and beginning to talk and grasp human objects) and shortly thereafter. The sphere eight intellectual imprint is something we have in common with most human beings: The ability to manipulate words and or human artifacts (tools). Sphere eight imprints cause us to assume a "bright" or "dull" ability to verbally express and/or to manually operate tools. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

Sphere Seven, the realm of the cool-stream, flowing mind, is on the right hand path of the Tree of Life. It is predominant on the lower mental plane in most females. It is characterized by the ability to mentally balance a problem with the total contents of a life situation, finding a balance without analysis, and without loosing awareness of the whole. When used exclusively, this sphere will make a person into a social manipulator who is not known for having a great intelligence. Husbands often complain about their wives' preoccupation with social affairs. Visions of this sphere include rivers, forests, and seductive members of the opposite sex.

Every human receives an "imprint" of the social consciousness (specifically at sphere seven) upon reaching puberty. The socio-sexual consciousness is imprinted by the first mating experiences when triggered by the neurochemical hormones of puberty. The sphere seven social-intellectual imprint is something we have in common with most human beings: The ability to maintain social and sexual behavior within (or without) contemporary social law, custom, and moral behavior. Sphere seven imprints cause us to assume a "respectable" or "outlaw" stance in relation to social customs. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

Most people show a moderate balance between these spheres eight and seven, but still each person invariably has their lower mental "base" in one sphere or the other.

CONSIDERATIONS OF THE PERSONALITY

WHEN WE LOOK at the Seven Planes Chart, and combine the physical, emotional, and lower mental planes, we have what is called the Personality. The personality is specifically composed of the physical unit, the emotional unit, and the intellectual unit. (These units are the condensed essence of our imprints on each plane).

When we look at the Tree of Life, and we combine spheres ten, nine, eight, and seven, we again have the Personality. The Personality is the sum total of our modes of three-dimensional activity. Spread over the years, we may add the experience of time as a fourth dimension.

In most people, the personality is not integrated. The physical body is wanting to eat or sleep or run, while the emotional body is sad or happy or angry, while the lower mind is concerned with cash flow, sexual pursuits, or social planning. Successful individuals are able to direct all three bodies toward the same goal, usually integrated by sphere eight or seven of the lower mind. The term Personality Integration refers to the process of harmonizing and aligning these different bodies.

The word "personality" comes from the Greek word Persona, "a mask." Our personalities are but masks which we present to the outside world, and they are masks by which we "filter" outside happenings to fit within our known reality framework. But what is it that we are masking? What is it in a human being that looks out from behind that mask? To answer these questions we must look upward toward the Causal Plane, the realm of the Higher Mind. But before that is possible, we must approach the Veil of Illusion (Not simply in the progress of this course - What follows must be performed by each individual in their ever-present consciousness, or they are not going to reach the Higher Mind).

THE VEIL OF ILLUSION

THERE IS A DEFINITE and specific gap in consciousness that lies between the Higher and Lower Mental planes. On the Seven planes Chart, it is represented by the line that divides the Intellectual Levels from the Causal Levels. The Tree of Life portrays it with a line that separates sphere six from all lower spheres. This gap is called, "The Veil of Illusion" or "The Veil of Paroketh." Paroketh is a Hebrew word meaning "bowl" or "covering."

To the individual, this gap or veil is a very real thing. As long as the consciousness remains fixed in any plane below the veil, and as long as the personality remains non-integrated, then that is the length of time that the veil will prevent the individual from making contact with their own "higher" consciousness that resides above the veil.

This does not mean that individuals never make sporadic connections with higher consciousness. On the contrary, it happens all the time. But sporadic connections are made in instances where there is a random and momentary integration of the personality, perhaps due to shock, threat to survival, or just plain, random luck. The ultimate idea is for the individual to be able to access the higher realms at will.

THE CAUSAL LEVELS OF THE MENTAL PLANE

THE CAUSAL LEVELS of the Mental Plane are also called the "Abstract Mind" and the "Higher Mental Plane" or "Higher Mind." This part of the mind does not function at all like a computer. It is pre-programmed by prior existences and further programmed by life experiences. It functions in a realm beyond normal three-dimensional space and time constraints.

The three subplanes of the Higher Mental Plane on the Seven Planes Chart correspond to three spheres of the Tree of Life,

namely spheres 4, 5 and 6:

These three subplanes, or three spheres, may conveniently be classified together as the "Causal" plane.

The causal plane is the realm of the Soul. This is a term subject to much discussion. The Soul, which may be focused on any of the three subplanes and is variously known as the "Solar Angel," the "Holy Guardian Angel," the "Genius," the "Reincarnating Ego," and the "Superior Man." It has also been called, "the Higher Self," but that can be a misconception, for The Higher Self is a relative term than can be attributed to even higher levels.

The soul functions as a contact point between the lower, triune personality and the higher, triune Higher Self. All information, messages, thoughtforms, and visions from higher realms are transmitted to the human consciousness through the medium of the soul. In many instances, the soul appears to the individual as if it were an angelic being and meaningful conversations take place; thus the title, "Solar Angel." In other cases, the individual will merely enter into a harmonious and peaceful state, without visions and conversations taking place.

To get the individual patient into this causal consciousness is one of the major goals of Spiritual Acupuncture.

Some humans receive an "imprint" of the causal conscious ness upon activating a proper "trigger." Suitable triggers include meditation, breathing exercises, sensory deprivation, free fall, zero gravity, religious rapture, faith healing, romantic love, and acupuncture. Causal plane imprints may be generated from any one of the subplanes, but the third (lowest) subplane, corresponding to sphere six, is most common. Also see the Lecture on "Imprinting."

THE VEIL OF THE ABYSS

THERE IS A SECOND MAJOR GAP in consciousness which lies between the Higher Mental plane and the (next higher) Intuitional plane. On the Seven planes Chart, this gap is represented by the line that divides the Causal Levels from the Buddhic Levels. The Tree of Life portrays it as a line that separates the upper three spheres from all lower spheres. This gap is called, "The Veil of the Abyss."

To the individual, this veil is a very real thing. As long as the consciousness remains fixed in any plane below the veil, and as long as there is awareness of one's self as a separate entity from the rest of the Universe, then the Abyss cannot be crossed.

LEVEL 4 - INTUITIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Intuitional Plane of Consciousness. Itis represented by the fourth plane up (Plane 4: The Buddhic Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart,

and by Sphere 3 on the Tree of Life.

The three spheres above the Abyss combine to send energy down through the Abyss into the Causal plane.

Intuition is also equated with understanding. It should not be confused with ideas, insights or illuminations that are purely mental. We often see a device used in cartoons that depicts a light-bulb being lit up in a person's mind as they get a breakthrough idea. Such illuminations are usually a flash of insight from the causal plane.

Intuition is actually a flow of energy. When a person is walking along a path and a fork in the path appears, intuition is what causes that person to automatically (without thinking) proceed down one branch of the fork as opposed to the other.

Some humans receive an "imprint" of the intuitional consciousness upon activating a proper trigger, which may include lengthy experience with meditation. The Buddhic plane is sometimes called the "Akashic Records." The Records are said to contain the information of everything that has ever happened.

Specifically, the intuitional imprint confers the ability to do specific work along specific evolutionary lines with 'memory' or an intuitive understanding of the universal factors involved. The causal imprint is something we have in common with only an estimated five percent of humanity. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

LEVEL 5 - SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Spiritual Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the fifth plane up (Plane 3: The Atmic Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart,

and by Sphere 2 on the Tree of Life.

Spirit is also equated with Will and Wisdom. It should not be confused with human "willpower," which is a similar, but lesser, concept. Will refers to the Universal or Spiritual energy which is mentioned in the statement, "Not my Will but thine be done."

Some humans receive an "imprint" of the spiritual consciousness upon activating a proper trigger, which includes many years of active experience in meditation. The Atmic plane is also known as the "Metaprogramming Circuit" or "Magical Consciousness." Specifically, the spiritual imprint confers the ability to construct a new reality tunnel. Accessing this level of consciousness is the only means to permanently reprogram the imprinting of the personality. The atmic imprint is something we have in common with only an estimated three percent of humanity. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

LEVEL 6 - MONADIC CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Monadic Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the sixth plane up (Plane 2: The Monadic Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart,

and by Sphere 1 on the Tree of Life.

The Monad is also equated with Essence. The sum total of our essential nature, without regard for lower spheres, is found at the Monadic level. One characteristic of this level is obliteration of space/time concepts and awareness.

Some humans receive an "imprint" of the monadic consciousness upon activating a proper trigger, which includes clinical death (dying on an operating table and being revived) or 100% out-of-the-body projections. The Monadic plane is also known as the "Quantum Circuit."

Specifically, the monadic imprint confers the ability to access all the information of the Universe. Accessing this level of consciousness often results in reports of extra-terrestrial contact, communication with a "galactic overmind," or conversations with angels. Monadic consciousness exists without a biological container. The monadic imprint is something we have in common with only an estimated two percent of humanity. See the Lecture on "Imprinting."

LEVEL 7 - LOGOIC CONSCIOUSNESS

THIS SECTION describes the Logoic Plane of Consciousness. It is represented by the seventh plane up (Plane 1: The Logoic Plane) on the Seven Planes Chart, and does not appear on the Tree of Life, being beyond the scope of that heretofore valuable device.

This level is so high, expanded, and rarefied that it is difficult to provide an adequate description. Spiritual documents refer to this level as being the realm of "The Lord of the World," or the "Planetary Logos." This plane is beyond any concept of normal human consciousness or even expanded human consciousness. It is not normally contacted with Spiritual Acupuncture (the Monadic plane usually being the present limit for that procedure and most other procedures of which you might be reminded).

Imprints of the logoic consciousness are not recorded in the description of imprint characteristics, being beyond the scope of those concepts.

NOTE: The Tree of Life is usually depicted as being surrounded by three concentric ovals, the innermost of which would correspond to the Logoic plane.

SUMMARY OF THE LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

CONSCIOUSNESS IS A SPECTRUM, a range of unlimited possibilities. Classifications of this spectrum and its divisions have been set forth by many authors and spiritual initiates. In this treatise on Spiritual Acupuncture, we have thus far examined and correlated three such systems: [1] The Seven Planes Chart of Transhimalayan (Tibetan) origin, [2] the ancient Tree of Life, plus references to [3] the contemporary Imprint Characteristics of human consciousness.

These are not arbitrary systems, and research over many hundreds of years by scholars and sages, over many decades by your Instructor and his associates (and with over two hundred Spiritual Acupuncture patients and volunteers) has shown that these planes or levels do exist, that they exist as indicated (in a specific ascending order), and that most spiritually-oriented patients are able to contact them with the proper use of acupuncture combined with meditational exercises.

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